It's time to upgrade! After showing a brief glimpse of the new Android L at the Google I/O earlier this year, Google has finally taken the curtains off the much-awaited Android L. Well yes, the L here stands for Lollipop. Here's a list of the new features it packs in:
1) Design Overhaul
The most notable change Android L brings along in the massive design overhaul called Material Design. Bright, rich colours and depth with shadows have been added with more white space around text. The touches are more transparent with animated effects appear when you touch the screen. The design now looks neater and minimal than ever.
2) Device Sharing
Android L lets you create multiple accounts for yourself, your family, and your friends. Moreover, it even gives you the liberty to control which account has access to which apps and settings on the device. Also you are now allowed to use a different Lollipop device to access the stuff you stored on the original device. For example, you can access a different phone/tablet to get your contacts in case you forget your device. A new guest mode also makes a debut. It only allows guests to use certain features and see certain stuff on the phone only.
3) Quick Setting Gets New Options
The drop down 'quick settings' menu that houses shortcuts has also been revamped. Along with a few visual changes, the menu will now incorporate flashlight, hotspot and screen casting. You can now also manually adjust brightness without turning off auto brightness.
4) Improved Notifications
Android L will show notification cards in the middle of the lock screen, as seen in the new iOS. Now you can respond to notifications and control what you need to see on the lock screen from the lock screen itself. It will also prioritize notifications based on its urgency. The Heads Up notification bar will now pop up at the top of the screen, even while you're watching a video or playing a game. The best part is that you can respond to the notifications there and then, and keep steady at what you were doing. The priority mode, only allows the most important notifications and calls from selected calls to get through. It's like a "Do Not Disturb" mode.
Multitasking gets a makeover in Lollipop. A new menu called "Recents" shows apps that are running in the background as a stack of cards, instead of the previous list view. The design is similar to browsing open tabs on Chrome's Android app, and you can scroll through the stack to switch between apps quickly.
6) New Batter Saving Mode
The new battery saving mode clocks down the CPU when it analyzes that battery is running out. According to Google, this can help the phone live 90 more minutes than usual. There's also a provision to show 'estimated time reaming till full charge' and 'time to fully discharge'. Google also claims that using its "turbo charging" mode, mere 15 minutes of charging can make the phone last for as much as 6 hours.
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